News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales

Coleg Cambria students help Flintshire pupils go for gold at athletics festival

Sports students from Coleg Cambria helped hundreds of children go for gold at a county competition.

Learners from the college supported the Flintshire Primary Schools Athletics Festival, delivered in partnership with Welsh Athletics and Aura Wales.

Around 600 pupils from 21 schools participated and were supervised by 30 Sports Coaching students who prepared, monitored and delivered the events.

Held over two days, eight schools contested the eventual finals at Cambria’s Deeside Stadium on Kelserton Road, Connah’s Quay.

Suzanne Barnes, Deputy Director for Business Support Services, Sport and Uniformed Public Services at Cambria Deeside, congratulated the learners – currently studying Athletics Leaders and Sports Leaders BTEC courses – for contributing to a successful event.

“Playing such a pivotal and supportive role at the athletic festival gave the group experience that will be beneficial for their academic development and future careers,” she said.

“As well as sports coaching, they also gained further skills in event management, teamwork and organisation.”

Chris Moss, Dragon Sport Officer at Aura Wales, thanked the cohort for playing such a big part in the operation and helping the children perform to the best of their abilities.

“The facilities at Deeside and the volunteers from the college were perfect, and essential for a festival of this size,” he said.

“They were reliable, punctual and brilliantly prepared, which ensured things flowed well and ran to plan. 

“It was an immense help to me to have a group I could trust to organise the individual events, record scores accurately, follow a strict timescale and ensure that health and safety protocols were upheld to the highest standard.”

He added: “They were a credit to the college, and it would be great to utilise them again in the future so they can gain as much experience as possible during their time at Cambria.”

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